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Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Please Touch

The Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia just relocated to an amazing new building (Memorial Hall in Fairmont Park).  We were able to attend the invite-only day prior to the museum's opening last Saturday.

As usual, I had to haul my son out kicking and screaming and wailing.  I'm sure the howls of "I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE*" will echo off the amazing marble atrium for years, but that's just because the museum is so excellent.

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I'd say that most of the (exhibits? play areas?) stuff has a bottom age limit of 5 years, [...]More

Saturday, 18 October 2008

How to Take a Walk in the Woods

  1. Find a reasonably sized park with good walking trails. 
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    Fairmount Park, inside Philadelphia's city limits, for instance, has 9,200 acres among 63 regional parks. A local favorite is the Forbidden Lane trail, which follows the Wissahickon River.

  2. Bring a ziplock bag for collecting leaves of different colors, shapes, and sizes.  Bring another filled with peanut butter crackers - useful for feeding kids and also ducks.

  3. Wear comfortable shoes and layers - a jacket, sweatshirt, etc.  Be prepared to carry most of the kid's layers, plus the leaf-filled bag, the plastic pirate telescope, and the toddler all together
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Wednesday, 08 October 2008

Talk Like a Pirate Day - Roanoke Island

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We visited friends in Duck, North Carolina in mid-September, and one of those days happened to be international talk like a pirate day.  We took off for Roanoke Island in the morning, and 20 minutes later had crossed the bridge onto the eight mile long site of the first English colony in the U.S.  The kids were rammy in the backseat, and after a run at history (the lost colony… which as you'll hear later is very much truth in advertising), we followed the smallest signs ever, past Ye Olde Pharmacy, and the Malte Shoppe (still rolling my eyes as to how extra [...]More
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